Helping to lift level of quality
As a major international centre for manufacturing services, it is important for Hong Kong to maintain and improve on the high standards of productivity, particularly in an environment of increasing competition.
As the principal catalyst of productivity excellence, the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) has the role of supporting the reinforcement of Hong Kong's position in the global market, in order to maintain its competitive edge.
To recognise and encourage the Hong Kong business community in improving productivity performance, the HKPC holds the annual Hong Kong Award for Industry: Productivity.
Applicants are judged on their achievements in value creation and resource optimisation, in their drive towards continuous improvement.
Over the past seven years, the award has been instrumental in promoting and motivating Hong Kong industry to streamline and restructure operations in the most effective and productive way with the resources available.
This year's entrants come from a wide spectrum of manufacturing industries including printing, construction materials, garments, watches, jewellery, computer closings, and moulds and metal parts.
The HKPC notes that, in general, there has been a continual upgrading of the value-added content of products and customer service in overcoming the high cost pressures among all the participating companies.
A number of companies have placed considerable research and development efforts on the creation and marketing of brand-name products as part of their productivity improvement strategies.
The growing importance of the functions of the companies' Hong Kong head offices is observed in the areas of marketing, basic product design and development, customer service, engineering, central sourcing, purchasing and administration, as well as information technology management for fostering response to customer needs and better control of diversified operations.
The entrants were predominantly ISO 9000-certified and those not already certified are in the process of implementation or preparation, reflecting the strive towards international quality standards in Hong Kong.
Another common strategy for higher value-added performance among the participating companies is the adoption of advanced technology in production, an aspect which is fundamental to productivity improvement and a major contributor to achieving quality and design enhancement.
The judging panel has had the difficult task of selecting a winner, since all the applicants have demonstrated outstanding performance and overall productivity growth.
The panel's final decision was to award C & C Offset Printing the 1996 Hong Kong Award for Industry: Productivity.
Eight companies were awarded the HKPC Productivity Award - Ready Mixed Concrete (HK), ACE Style Intimate Apparel, Daily Win Watch Products, Embry (HK), Karrie Industrial Holdings, Kingdom Fine Metal, Nelson Jewellery Arts and Welltec Machinery. Hi-Tech Mold Manufacturing was awarded the HKPC Certificate of Merit in Productivity.
I would like to express my special gratitude to the distinguished panel of judges, chaired by Andrew Li, the external consultant, Yasushi Fukudo, and the HKPC assessment team for their invaluable contributions in the assessment and selection process of this year's award competition.
I would also like to offer my congratulations to the winning companies on their notable achievements.
KENNETH FANG Chairman Hong Kong Productivity Council